Area school districts have a lot to digest with the new $62 billion spending plan that Gov. John Kasich signed last week - including a late addition that will affect future school levies.
The two-year budget eliminates a combined 12.5 percent state property-tax rollback on new and replacement levies passed in November 2013 and beyond. It's a change that one local woman says will make a tough situation even worse.
"There's got to be another way to do this. The property taxes should not be for schools," said Sherry Champlin, a longtime Champion resident.
"We have a lot of folks in Champion, they're older ... and when things like this happen we have to figure out some way to cut so that we can pay for something that, really, we're not getting any benefit from," Champlin said.
According to state estimates, elimination of the rollback will mean an increase of just $4.38 a year - 37 cents a month - for the owner of a $100,000 house. That estimate does not take into account that many residents may pay multiple property-tax levies, for example to their local schools, library and county or township.
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